Small business mentoring program expanded in Zamboanga region

Posted on March 14, 2017

THE Department of Trade in Industry (DTI)-Zamboanga Peninsula office is rolling out the Kapatid Mentor Micro Entrepreneur (KMME) program to other parts of the region to help more micro and small entrepreneurs (MSEs) following the successful pilot implementation in Zamboanga City last year.

Program launches are scheduled this week in the town of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay; Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur; and Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.

We want to help our micro, small entrepreneurs through the Project Kapatid, our program has three key components; the Mentor ME program where this activity belongs; the Adopt-an-SSF (Shared Service Facility) Program; and the Inclusive Business (IB) Model, Sitti Amina M. Jain, DTI Regional Director said in an interview.

The program, undertaken in partnership with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) -- also known as Go Negosyo -- aims to mentor MSEs in the different aspect of business operations and help them expand.

About 900 entrepreneurs in the region are targeted to participate in the program.

The program is seen to assist MSMEs grow and sustain their enterprises by arming them with entrepreneurial acumen through lectures and mentoring/coaching sessions with the end goal of producing confident entrepreneurs with the right mind-set and business know-how that will be able to sustain and scale up their enterprise, Ms. Jain said.

It involves a 12-week coaching and mentoring session where participants are expected to finish 11 modules focused on instilling entrepreneurial mind-set among participants; marketing and market trends; operations management; human resource management; supply and value chain; and financial management among others.

Ms. Jain said: At the end of the session, participants do not only gain new information but that they too would pass on this information to others so that more and more people will be encouraged to enroll and benefit from the program. -- Albert F. Arcilla